Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer Time Reading!

Summer is one of my favorite times to sit and read all the books my students have suggested to me throughout the year. I sometimes leave a series, or a certain author for the lazy days of summer so I can marathon read the entire series. I love the feeling of just sitting down and power reading a group of books I have watched students devour during the year. Although summer reading is a pleasure for me, I realize that this is a learned skill for many. Below are a couple of resources and tips to help students gain that love of a long summer day, and an adventure with a book.

The ABCs of Improved Reading- from James Kim, Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard University in the National Summer Learning Association publication on Summer Reading.

to books. It’s critical that students have access to a wide variety of books over the summer months, but we know that access alone doesn’t make a strong impact.

that match readers’ ability levels and interests. For young people’s reading skills to improve, they need to read books that align with their own reading levels. Reading books that are too easy or too hard won’t help!

as monitored and guided by an adult, teacher or parent. The most important piece to making
summer reading effective is the help of an adult who can ask questions and guide kids to better understand what they are reading.

Here are links to this year's Summer Suggestions!
Summer Suggestions, 9-12
Summer Suggestions, 6-8
Summer Suggestions, 5th

U.S. Department of Education, Homeroom Blog, How to Keep Your Teens Learning This Summer - National Summer Learning Association

U.S. Department of Education, Homeroom Blog, How to Keep Your Teens Learning This Summer - National Summer Learning Association

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Top 10 SF, Fantasy, and Horror for Youth: 2014, by Daniel Kraus | Booklist Online

Top 10 SF, Fantasy, and Horror for Youth: 2014, by Daniel Kraus | Booklist Online

Monday, April 7, 2014

10 Tips to Create Great Readers |

10 Tips to Create Great Readers |

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Best Fiction for Young Adults: 2014 | Booklist Online

Adapted from Booklist Online

The Best Fiction for Young Adults list is compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and comprises fiction appropriate for ages 12 to 18. Titles published in 2012 are noted; all others were published in 2013. The committee’s top 10 choices are identified with a star (*).

 5th WaveThe 5th Wave. Rick Yancey. Putnam, $18.99 (9780399162411).
After surviving four waves of destruction, Cassie must trust a mysterious boy in order to rescue her brother and fight an invasion of murderous human look-alikes.

All the Truth That’s in Me. By Julie Berry. Viking, $17.99 (9780670786152).
Judith is a pariah after her tongue is cut out. But when war threatens her village, she must find her voice.

Better Nate Than Ever. By Tim Federle. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781442446892).
Broadway enthusiast Nate ventures out on his own from suburban Pittsburgh to the Big Apple for a chance at musical stardom. Hilarity ensues. A 2014 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Honor Book, a 2014 Top 10 Rainbow Project Book, and a 2014 Notable Children’s Book.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. By Holly Black. Little, Brown, $19 (9780316213103).
Welcome to Coldtown, a quarantined city for vampires, the infected, and humans. The price for residence, however, is that you can never leave.

Counting by 7s. By Holly Goldberg Sloan. Dial, $16.99 (9780803738553).
Willow has never fit in anywhere, but when her adoptive parents are killed in a car crash, everything changes in the most unexpected way. A 2014 Notable Children’s Book.

Eleanor & Park. By Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $18.99 (9781250012579).
Eleanor has bright red hair and a thrift-store wardrobe. Park wears “guyliner” and reads comics. They don’t fit in anywhere except with each other. A 2014 Printz Honor Book.

Etiquette & Espionage. By Gail Carriger. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316190084).
Proper etiquette is most important for young ladies, but so is knowing how to correctly conceal a weapon. A 2014 Notable Children’s Book.

Fallout. By Todd Strasser. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763655341).
Scott’s house is the only one in the neighborhood with a bomb shelter. When the unthinkable happens, 10 people must survive for two weeks in a room meant for only 4.

Fangirl. By Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin’s/Griffin, $18.99 (9781250030955).
Online, Cath is famous. In real life, at her first year in college, she is a nobody. Can she navigate being just Cath without her fan fiction to hide behind?

Far Far AwayFar Far Away. By Tom McNeal. Knopf, $17.99 (9780375849725).
Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s life is full of delicious cakes, funny pranks, and dangerous mistakes. It’s almost like he’s living in a modern fairy tale. A 2014 Notable Children’s Book.

Foul Trouble. By John Feinstein. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375869648).
Danny Wilcox and Terrell Jamerson are seniors, best friends, and basketball stars, but they’re about to learn the true cost of their talents.

Freakboy. By Kristin Elizabeth Clark. Farrar, $18.99 (9780374324728).
What do you do when your outside doesn’t match your inside? In this free-verse novel, Brendan, a gender-questioning teen, wrestles with his identity. A 2014 Top 10 Rainbow Project Book.

Golden Boy. By Tara Sullivan. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399161124).
Can you put a price on an albino’s life? In Tanzania, you can.

Just One Day. By Gayle Forman. Dutton, $17.99 (9780525425915).
One day in Paris with a free-spirited Dutch boy changes everything for reserved American teen Allyson.

Ketchup Clouds. By Annabel Pitcher. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316246767).
In a series of letters to a death-row inmate, Zoe tells the story of how she fell for two brothers—and the heartbreaking aftermath.

The Living. By Matt de la Peña. Delacorte, $17.99 (9780385741200).
Shy is working on a cruise ship when a tsunami crash-lands him upon a remote island, where he and his friends must work to solve a mystery. This quick-paced thriller never flinches from class-based issues. A 2014 Belpré Author Honor Book and a 2014 Notable Children’s Book.

Living with Jackie Chan. By Jo Knowles. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763662806).
Moving to live with Uncle Larry was supposed to be Josh’s fresh start, but the cries from the baby upstairs remind Josh of the life he has left behind.
Loud Awake and Lost. By Adele Griffin. Knopf, $16.99 (9780385752725).
Ember returns home eight months after a car crash left her with injuries and amnesia. Can she remember those weeks leading to the accident and rediscover herself?

Love and Other Perishable Items.By Laura Buzo. 2012. Knopf, $17.99 (9780375870002).
When 15-year-old Amelia falls for her 22-year-old supermarket coworker, Chris, things get messy. Clean-up in Aisle 7.

The Lucy Variations. By Sara Zarr. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316205016).
Lucy has always played piano to please others, but after walking away from the profession, she meets a young piano teacher who begins to show her another way.

The Madman’s Daughter. By Megan Shepherd. HarperCollins/Balzer+ Bray, $17.99 (9780062128027).
Juliet escapes London to follow her father, Dr. Moreau, to a remote tropical island where she discovers dark secrets, danger, and love.

Maggot Moon. By Sally Gardner. Illus. by Julian Crouch. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763665531).
When an injured “astronaut” hides out in Standish’s basement, Standish begins to see through the Motherland’s facade and question accepted truths. A 2014 Printz Honor Book.

Midwinterblood. By Marcus Sedgwick. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (9781596438002).
On a remote, mysterious island in Scandinavia, two souls seek each other out again and again through seven stories that span centuries. The 2014 Michael L. Printz Award winner.

 More Than ThisMore Than This. By Patrick Ness. Candlewick, $19.99 (9780763662585).
Seth dies and then wakes up in what he believes to be hell, alone, naked, and confused in a seemingly deserted world.

The Naturals. By Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Disney/Hyperion, $17.99 (9781423168232).
A natural profiler, 17-year-old Cassie joins a special teen FBI program and finds herself immersed in a world where everything is not as it seems.

Out of the Easy. By Ruta Sepetys. Philomel, $17.99 (9780399256929).
Life can be sleazy in the Big Easy, especially for 17-year-old Josie, who’s itching to get out of New Orleans and start a better life.

 Picture Me GonePicture Me Gone. By Meg Rosoff. Putnam, $17.99 (9780399257650).
Can Mila’s powers of observation help find her dad’s missing friend? Rosoff delivers a subtle and incisive look at one perceptive 12-year-old.

Prodigy. By Marie Lu. Putnam, $17.99 (9780399256769).
With their world on the brink of collapse, June and Day become pawns of the Patriots in a plot that may destroy or save the Republic—and their love.

Scarlet. By Marissa Meyer. Feiwel and Friends, $17.99 (9780312642969).
In this sf retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Scarlet finds herself drawn to the rugged, mysterious Wolf as she searches for clues about her missing grandmother.

Somebody Up There Hates You. By Hollis Seamon. Algonquin, $16.95 (9781616202606).
When you’re a 17-year-old guy with terminal cancer stuck in hospice with a bunch of old people, only one thing is certain: somebody up there hates you.

Steelheart. By Brandon Sanderson. Delacorte, $18.99 (9780385743563).
Eight-year-old David witnessed the death of his father at the hands of the powerful Epic Steelheart. Ten years later, he’s out for revenge.

Teeth. By Hannah Moskowitz. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99 (9781442465329).
On a remote island, Rudy meets two characters who will change his life forever: a naive princess and a “fish-boy” named Teeth.

This Song Will Save Your Life. By Leila Sales. Farrar, $17.99 (9780374351380).
After a failed suicide attempt, Elise finds that you can’t change who you are. But sometimes, if you just listen to the voice inside, the song you hear will save your life.

Winger. By Andrew Smith. Illus. by Sam Bosma. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781442444928).
Fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean navigates the twists and turns of boarding school with the help of his rugby teammates and his best friend, with whom he is helplessly in love.

Wise Young Fool. By Sean Beaudoin. Little, Brown, $18 (9780316203791).
Wannabe rock star Ritchie Sudden is spending 90 days in juvie—just enough time to tell his tale of lust, loss, and, of course, rock and roll.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Library Art Show

Plaster Masks from Mrs. Battaglia's art students are displayed for all to appreciate on our library walls this month. 

The masks are created from the student's faces and hands. 


Student artist used plaster strips, acrylic paint, and other found items. 

A big thank you goes to Ms. Battaglia, Art Teacher Extraordinaire!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Winter Time in the Library by the Lake

Library Quick Facts- January, 2014

  • 110 New Titles Added in January
  • 1600 Check Outs, 72% Fiction
  • Over 75 class visits
  • One Snow Day

2014 Medal Winners

Each year the American Library Association hands out medals recognizing exceptional books in different categories. Here are a couple of winners you can find in our library!

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamilloThis year's Newbery Award goes to Kate DiCamillo's Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Comic book fans will love quirky Flora as she befriends a poetry-writing, flying, superhero squirrel named Ulysses. Whacky adventures ensue while the two battle enemies while encountering a cast of characters that keep them on their toes.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Newbery Honor book, Doll Bones, by Holly Black is a coming-of-age story where characters Zach, Poppy and Alice follow the sinister voice of a bone china doll who haunts their dreams and life.

The Living by Matt de la Pena
A Pura Belpre Author Honor Award goes to Matt de la Pena's The Living. Shy's summer job on a cruise ship turns into a thrilling survival story that becomes a fight for his life. This award is named after Pura Belpre, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.

Winter Olympic Display

Whoa! Winter Olympic time at Tahoe is one of my favorite times. There is a Tahoe pride that cannot be denied. The library has pulled out the curling, skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping and skating books for students to check out.

Also on the table are 2014 Winter Olympics Topps Trading cards of local athletes such as:
  • Mason Aguirre, Mammoth Lakes, CA - snowboard halfpipe
  • Jamie Anderson, Lake Tahoe, CA - snowboard slopestyle
  • Ross Andrews, trains at Sugar Bowl - boardercrosss
  • Scotty Bahrke, Tahoe City, CA - freestyle skiing
  • Aaron Blunck, trains at Mammoth - halfpipe skiing
  • Maddie Bowman, South Lake Tahoe, CA - freestyle skiing
  • Greg Bretz, Mammoth Lakes, CA - snowboard halfpipe
  • Sammy Carlson, trains at Mammoth - freeskiing
  • Kelly Clark, Mammoth Lakes, CA - snowboard halfpipe
  • Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA - ski racing
  • Chas Guldemond, Reno, NV - snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle
  • Jayson Hale, Sierraville, CA - boardercross
  • Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA - snowboard halfpipe
  • Mark Hoyt, trains at Sierra-at-Tahoe, snowboard slopestyle
  • Trevor Jacob, Mammoth Lakes, CA - boardercross
  • Sho Kashima, Stateline, NV - moguls
  • Julia Mancuso, Squaw Valley, CA - ski racing giant slalom, downhill, combined
  • Luke Mitrani, Mammoth Lakes, CA - snowboard halfpipe
  • Charlotte Mia Skinner, North Lake Tahoe - skiercross
  • Kyle Smaine, South Lake Tahoe, CA - snowboard halfpipe
  • Marco Sullivan, Truckee, CA - ski racing
  • John Teller, trains at Mammoth - skiercross
  • Hannah Teter, Myers, CA - snowboarding
  • Shaun White, trains at Northstar California - snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle
  • David Wise, Reno, NV - freeskiing halfpipe